As one of the largest states in the country, it should perhaps come as no surprise that Florida suffered from 797 drunk driving fatalities in 2015. Between 2003 and 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 8,476 Florida deaths resulted from crashes that included a drunk driver. Based purely on the number…

The reality for an undocumented worker in Florida who suffers an injury on the job is that they may not be paid workers’ compensation benefits under current Florida law. Instead, a current Florida law has been used to arrest and potentially even deport undocumented workers who suffer a workplace injury. Republican Sen. Anitere Flores has…

Florida lawmakers are poised to renew the battle over whether or not the state’s no-fault car insurance system will be repealed. If a repeal is successful, removing no-fault insurance would arguably be the largest change to Florida motorist coverage in decades. Here are the facts to know about Florida’s no-fault system as well as information on…

In 2005, Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law took effect. A recent study suggests the state’s murder rate surged 22 percent over the next 10 years, even once justifiable self-defense homicides were taken into account. The study, published in a report found in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that lawful homicides accounted for 3.4 percent…

When a Florida inmate is sentenced to death row, their cause of death is generally thought to be out of their control unless their lawyer can find evidence to exonerate them while waiting on death row. This may not be the case, however, as Florida law may make it possible for inmates to choose their…

In the state of Florida, it is relatively common for Florida police to seize property they believe may be used to further a crime or criminal activity. This concept is known as civil asset forfeiture, but a new federal policy could allow police to legally take a Florida resident’s property even if they are not…

Much ado has been made about Governor Scott’s looming decision regarding Florida’s “liquor wall” law. Early in 2017, the Florida legislature approved a bill — SB 106 — that would repeal Florida’s decades-old liquor wall law, which required hard liquor to be sold in separate facilities from groceries and other goods. Opponents of the bill pushed Gov. Scott…

Current Florida law allows people who are wrongfully imprisoned and convicted in Florida to receive compensation, with one important exception. Namely, felons who have committed a felony either before or after the wrongful imprisonment are not eligible for this compensation. However, lawmakers are ready to change this requirement, known as the “clean hands” requirement of…

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Florida’s death penalty appeal in what has been a turbulent legal saga. Florida had already undergone a year of legal certainty regarding its death penalty before Governor Scott signed a death penalty fix in March of 2017. Governor Scott’s latest fix required a jury to be unanimous in order…

Bitcoin, a form of virtual currency, is highly popular among some who value the currency’s anonymity and encryption techniques designed to protect privacy. For clear reasons, these traits are highly valued by some criminals looking to further criminal activity while bypassing traditional banking systems. The increased prevalence of using Bitcoin to further criminal activity or…

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